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Movies that you'd like to see remade/modernized, or books that you'd like to see made into film

Postby jjones217 » 12 Feb 2012, 00:20

I'm a pretty big movie fan and lately I've been getting bored with the mediocre offerings from Hollywood. I feel like there used to be so many blockbuster films or Oscar-worthy presentations, but few movies have really done it for me lately.

Anyway, I've been thinking lately about some movies that would do really well in the 2010s what with all the technology available and the big budgets to make it happen.

Here some I've been wishing for:

The Right Stuff (1983) - I'm a huge fan of nearly anything to do with space and for me, with the exception of Moon (2009) and Sunshine (2007), there really haven't been many space movies (sci-fi or not) that I've enjoyed since Apollo 13. This story of the formation and implementation of the original 7 "Mercury Seven" astronauts is entertaining and informative, but at nearly 30 years of age it could do for a remake.

Red Mars (book series) - Speaking of outer space, Kim Stanley Robinson's "Red Mars" series is one of the most detailed, complete works to date regarding space colonization, I'd love to see this put into a film series or pay cable TV series if possible. AMC owns the rights for a TV show, but as of today nothing has come of it.

Apocalypse Now (1979) - I know, I know, "you can't remake the classics", which is why I've left the "Godfather" series off my list. But seriously with the ability to create such a realistic and breathtaking war environment, as in Band of Brothers, why not update a classic using modern technology.

Serpico (1973) - Al Pacino is a legend, and it's hard to cast a shadow over one of his career-making films, but people (myself included) love crime movies and, with the right cast, Serpico would be a great remake.


Anyway, I could go on and on with a whole lot of movies, but let's see what all the Forumosans have to say about it.
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Re: Movies that you'd like to see remade/modernized, or books that you'd like to see made into film

Postby petrarch1603 » 12 Feb 2012, 01:35

James Clavell's Shogun made a great mini-series. Should/Could it be re-done? Possibly. However I think Tai-Pan, one of his other Asian novels would be great material for an HBO/Showtime Deadwood style mini-series. The characters are complex and rich with possibilities, the historical events provide a lot of intrigue and plot development, there is plenty of potential for wardrobe from that period and the dialogue is rich with subtleties and texture. CGI is getting to the point where they could reasonably recreate 19th century Hong Kong harbor. There is enough potential story-lines to take it for multiple seasons. If only...
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Re: Movies that you'd like to see remade/modernized, or books that you'd like to see made into film

Postby Dougster » 12 Feb 2012, 01:56

Call me old fashioned, but haven't movies and TV shows from the 70s and 80s already been remade and regurgiated to death. And a remake of Apocalypse Now?
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Re: Movies that you'd like to see remade/modernized, or books that you'd like to see made into film

Postby Charlie Phillips » 12 Feb 2012, 02:03

jjones217 wrote:Apocalypse Now (1979) - I know, I know, "you can't remake the classics", which is why I've left the "Godfather" series off my list. But seriously with the ability to create such a realistic and breathtaking war environment, as in Band of Brothers, why not update a classic using modern technology.


I'd like the new version set in Afghanistan. I know it's not a jungle, but it's ancient and the difference is what would make it special. Rivers of sand.
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Re: Movies that you'd like to see remade/modernized, or books that you'd like to see made into film

Postby jjones217 » 12 Feb 2012, 20:46

I like the Afghanistan idea, though I think it would be better if based on Apocalypse Now instead of a remake, that way the traditionalists won't have a heart-attack.

And as far as this is concerned:

Dougster wrote:Call me old fashioned, but haven't movies and TV shows from the 70s and 80s already been remade and regurgiated to death.


The answer is yes. However, the problem with Hollywood today is that you have too many "up-and-comers" who think that if they just put a new twist on it or take some creative license that they can put it in a whole new light. THAT, plus bad acting, directing, and CGI can totally ruin a movie. For example, I hated the "Superman" movie that came out in 2006, but prefer the new Batman films to the old.

2001's awful "Planet of the Apes" with Mark Wahlberg in it was nothing compared to the Hesston Version, but 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was a promising start to a modern series of "Apes" films that will draw new fans and old alike.p
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Re: Movies that you'd like to see remade/modernized, or books that you'd like to see made into film

Postby jdsmith » 12 Feb 2012, 21:01

Books to movies:


A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance

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Coin Locker Babies

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*And not Americanized versions of the Japanese books, like Noako was. :raspberry:
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Postby Deuce Dropper » 12 Feb 2012, 21:07

You could do so much with 'War Games' now
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Re: Movies that you'd like to see remade/modernized, or books that you'd like to see made into film

Postby Icon » 12 Feb 2012, 21:49

Deuce Dropper wrote:You could do so much with 'War Games' now


Yep, War Games 2 the Dead Code didn't quite cut it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WarGames:_The_Dead_Code

I had read somewhere that The Alchemist was being made into a movie. I would think Hollywood, if taking any Coehlo's, would do 11 minutes or the devil and ms. pymm.

What I would like to see done again is Space:1999
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072564/

According to Wikipedia, they did tried, but not yet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space:_1999
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Re: Movies that you'd like to see remade/modernized, or books that you'd like to see made into film

Postby Chris » 12 Feb 2012, 21:57

They should make a remake of the remake of the remake of The Thing.
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Re: Movies that you'd like to see remade/modernized, or books that you'd like to see made into film

Postby Icon » 12 Feb 2012, 22:09

Chris wrote:They should make a remake of the remake of the remake of The Thing.


yep, probably in the works already, if the remake sticks.

That reminds me.. There was this movie about a blob-like creature that propagated itself in an addictive yogurt like concoction, turning people into zombies and spreading terror, buahaha. That would be a good one.
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